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    :: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 ::

    Some firms play loose with the law - By Myung Oak Kim, Fernando Quintero and Laura Frank, Rocky Mountain News
    It's the worst-kept secret in construction.

    The industry is addicted to illegal immigrant labor - and many companies are using questionable, if not illegal, methods to feed the habit.

    In some trades, such as drywalling, roofing and concrete work, at least a third of Colorado workers are believed to be illegal immigrants, according to local construction trade organizations and unions.

    Many contractors are taking advantage of this labor force by hiring them off the books and paying them less than their U.S.-born co-workers - and sometimes not at all - say those in the industry.
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